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Robert Mandan Star Of Sitcom ‘Soap” Dead At Age 86

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He was wonderfully funny as the womanizing Chester Tate on the ABC sitcom spoof, Soap, from 1977-1981, and had appeared in various daytime drama throughout his career. But sad news to report, Robert Mandan who played Chester for all he is worth and then some, passed away at age 86.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Mandan actually died back on April 29th in Los Angeles after a long illness.  Mandan’s friend, playwright and screenwriter Gary Goldstein informed the entertainment news outlet.

Mandan had also appeared on soap operas such as: Days of our Lives, Santa Barbara, General Hospital, The Edge of NightFrom These Roots, Search for Tomorrow, and The Doctors.

Susan Harris, who created the critically-acclaimed comedy series, Soap, came up with such a fun and contentious relationship between Mandan and his on-screen wife played by Katherine Helmond that kept audiences in stitches, but also had some emotional weight to it.

Robert also appeared in many top sitcoms of the day in guest star roles including: All in the Family, Maude,  Sanford and Son, and Barney Miller to name but a few.

The actor is survived by his wife, Sherry.

Sad to hear of the passing of Robert Mandan?  Do you remember him a the conniving Chester on Soap? Share your thoughts and condolences in the comment section below.

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Sad, sad news. Rest In Peace. Amen.

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Sad news for sure…

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I am terribly sorry to hear this. I enjoyed him in so many programs over the years. Thank you Mr. Mandan for years of wonderful entertainment. Rest in peace.

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So very sad to hear this I always liked the guy.May you rest in peace.I did see him in soap I never knew that he could be so funny.I have seen him also on Threes a Crowd.My condolences to his family.

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OMG, not another veteran? Shouldn’t be a surprise , as I am R.M age myself. I used to just love this man, thinking he was the handsomest man on two feet. Loved him better on the soaps, than his nighttime work.

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48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards: Presenters, Special Appearances and On-Air Categories

Presenters, special appearances and on-air categories have been announced for the 48th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards to be broadcast Friday night on June 25 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBD, and available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.

The broadcast will feature talent appearing from the Emmy stage in Los Angeles, individual show studios and homes to accept their awards.

Kathy Lee Gifford, Ken Jeong, Martha Stewart and Robin Roberts will make special appearances and pay tribute to legends Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek and Larry King.  The Bold and the Beautiful’s Diamond White (Paris) is scoring and performing the song for the touching “In Memoriam” segment.

Presenters scheduled to appear include:
• Al Roker (“Today Show”)
• Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes & Dr. Jennifer Ashton (“GMA3: What You Need to Know)
• Bryton James and Brytni Sarpi (The Young and the Restless)
• Deidre Hall (Days of Our Lives)
• Donnell Turner and Cynthia Watros (General Hospital)
• Drew Barrymore (The Drew Barrymore Show)
• Giada De Laurentiis (Giada at Home 2.0)
• Gloria Estefan (Red Table Talk: The Estefans)
• Heather Tom (The Bold and the Beautiful)
• Jackée Harry and Robert Scott Wilson (Days of our Lives)
• Jacqueline MacInnes Wood and Tanner Novlan (The Bold and the Beautiful )
• Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest (Live with Kelly & Ryan)
• Kelly Thiebaud (General Hospital)
• Kevin Frazier and Nischelle Turner (Entertainment Tonight)
• Mario Lopez (Access Hollywood)
• Michelle Stafford (The Young and the Restless )
• Nate Burleson (CBS Sports and Extra)
• Rachel Lindsay (Extra)
• Sean Kanan (Studio City)
• Tamron Hall (Tamron Hall)

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Categories scheduled to be presented during the CBS broadcast include:
• Outstanding Drama Series
• Outstanding Limited Drama Series
• Outstanding Game Show
• Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program
• Outstanding Morning Show
• Outstanding Informative Talk Show
• Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show
• Outstanding Entertainment News Program
• Outstanding Daytime Special Event
• Outstanding Daytime Non-Fiction
• Outstanding Special Performance by a Lead Actress in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Special Performance by a Lead Actor in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Performance by a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
• Outstanding Younger Performer in A Drama Series
• Outstanding Guest Performer in A Drama Series
• Outstanding Culinary Host
• Outstanding Game Show Host
• Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host
• Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
• Outstanding Writing Team for a Drama Series
• Outstanding Directing Team for a Drama Series

So what do you think about the presenters for the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards? Comment below.

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Sean Carrigan Returns to The Young and the Restless

A ‘stitch’ in time saves nine … isn’t that how the saying goes? Coming up on The Young and the Restless, Dr. Ben “Stitch” Rayburn is returning to Genoa City when actor Sean Carrigan reprises his role … and will he be there to immediately help sort out the issues in ex-wife, Abby’s life (Melissa Ordway)?

According to TV Insider, Carrigan will be back on-screen on the CBS daytime drama series beginning with the Friday, June 25th episode.

“Stitch” left town back in 2017 to move to Iowa to practice medicine and help care for his son Max who was put in a long-term care facility following brain surgery.

Meanwhile in story now, Abby is awaiting the birth of her first child thanks to her surrogate, Mariah and sperm donor, Devon.

But what will happen when Stitch returns to town and learns Abby is married (although Chance is on a mission and away from Genoa City) and expecting her first child via surrogacy?  Might their romance ignite once again? Stay tuned.

So, glad to hear Sean Carrigan is returning to Y&R? How will this story with Abby play out? Comment below.

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Ted King and Naomi Matsuda Join The Bold and the Beautiful

Soap fans are very familiar with the work of Ted King (Ex-General Hospital, The City, Loving, Another World and One Life to Live) as well as Naomi Matsuda (Ex-Tori, Days of our Lives).

Now the talented actors will pair up as they come to The Bold and the Beautiful to play Finn (Tanner Novlan) parents, and they arrive just in time set to be grandparents to Steffy (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) and Finn’s upcoming new addition, their baby.

According to EW.com that broke the casting news, that when Jack (King) and Li (Matsuda) come to town,’viewers will soon learn about Finn’s very dramatic backstory’

Ted and Naomi began taping on June 9th and will first air as follows: King arrives on July 30th, while Naomi’s first B&B airdate will be on August 2nd.

Now the question becomes, just what is Finn’s familial back-story? Stay tuned.

So, happy to know that you will see Ted King and Naomi Matsuda back on your screens again? Comment below.

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